Here is your Chelsea morning digest on Wednesday, October 13.
Hazard swap deal
Real boss Carlo Ancelotti is said to be a huge admirer of James, and he is in need for a new right-back with Dani Carvajal proving far too injury prone to be relied upon.
With Hazard linked with a stunning return to Stamford Bridge, the report claims Real could be willing if the Blues were to send James in the opposite direction.
Hazard’s true transfer value revealed
According to the CIES Football Observatory, Eden Hazard is valued between £12.7million and £17m, suggesting that the Blues could try to persuade Madrid to sell with a lowball offer.
Hazard’s contract runs out in June 2024, but he will be 33-years of age by then and will have no resale value. So, if reports are to be believed, and Chelsea do have up to £33m to spend on him, any offer could well force Madrid into an early transfer decision.
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Giroud backs Lampard for Newcastle job
Olivier Giroud has backed his former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard for the Newcastle United job.
When asked on talkSPORT whether he thinks Lampard will be a good fit as the Newcastle manager, he said: “Yeah, definitely. I think, yes.
“I talked to him a little bit last year and I think he’s looking forward for a good challenge to come back as a manager and I think it’s a good option, yeah definitely for him.
“I believe Newcastle is a big team in the Prem [Premier League] and it’s a good challenge for him to bounce back and to show his quality, definitely.”
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